Magnetic Island - Scuba Diving

Diving or Learning -
a wealth of opportunities - unbeatable value

Located within the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic Island has a wealth of interesting dive sites, whether diving from the shore or a boat. The waters around Magnetic Island are warm (winter average 23 deg.C - summer av. 28 deg.C) and relatively shallow, so are perfect for novices or for relaxed enjoyable diving. Whilst not being able to boast the crystal-clear visibility of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, (trips to the outer reef are available - an experience not to be missed!) the beautiful bays and rocky headlands of the Island provide a home for fringing coral reefs and a wide variety of fish and other sea-life.

From the shore, entry is from the many sheltered, gently sloping beaches with easy access by road and there are also several well lit areas for night dive entry & exit.
Magnetic Island's many sheltered bays and coves offer a multitude of calm anchorages if boat diving is your thing.

There are also many shipwrecks to explore. Most ships were sunk as shelters to moorings or jetties but the Island's rocks have also claimed several vessels over the years.
The most famous wreck in this region is of course the "Yongala" off Cape Bowling Green, quoted as the best wreck dive in Australia and one of the top 5 in the World. It sank without trace during a cyclone in 1911 with the loss of all 120 passengers and crew.
The wreck site was finally discovered in the early 1950's, it is 90 metres long and lies in about 30 metres of water, a fantastic variety of coral and marine life live in the protected shelter. There are several day and extended trips available to the "Yongala" from the Island - a "must do" for the experienced diver!

As well as being a great location for diving, Magnetic Island is gaining an Australia-wide reputation amongst travellers as "The Place To Go" to learn to dive, and offers the most affordable, high quality, fully certified, beginners dive courses in Australia.
A wide range of specialty courses are also available for those that want to develop their diving skills to the next level and beyond, all the way up to fully qualified Dive Instructors.

There are links below to information on some of the Island's more popular dive sites as well as links to Dive Shops/Schools

Island Dive Sites

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